Gerald McCoy Continues To Dominate

December 11th, 2013

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Lost in the seven-sack, four-interception game Sunday was the play of Bucs stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

Oh, he had a sack, too, no question. But it was the things he was doing that don’t always show up in the box score is a big reason why Bills quarterback EJ Manuel had such a horrible day.

That’s the analysis by John Breitenbach of, who documented just how much of a beast GMC was.

Gerald McCoy was an absolute monster against the Bills and this wasn’t even his best game of the season. As a pass rusher McCoy had a sack, a hit, five hurries and a batted pass in 48 rushes. The numbers don’t tell the whole story though as McCoy had another pair of pressures negated by penalty. That essentially means he was influencing the play as a pass rusher every five snaps. Kraig Urbik especially will be glad to see the back of McCoy who gave him fits throughout the game. His hit was one of his highlights as he just blew past the Bills OG to knock Manuel down. Although he wasn’t as disruptive in the run game, McCoy still made his presence felt, recording three defensive stops. His absurd strength was on display on one play with 12.33 to play in the first when he drove Urbik three yards into the backfield, shed him inside and made the tackle after only a one yard gain. Overall McCoy graded negative just twice and he could have graded even higher if the game had been competitive for longer. McCoy is now far and away our best graded interior defensive lineman, grading in the green in all but two games so far this season.

Far and away the best graded interior defensive lineman! Joe knows there are still GMC detractors out there and at this point, they should crawl in a hole and hide in shame it is so ridiculous to mock GMC. For those people, it almost tells Joe they don’t watch games and have some insane agenda.

Joe found it interesting last night Bucs commander Greg Schiano confessed he doesn’t feel he has the talent on the defensive front to not run stunts. The clear exception is, GMC.

15 Responses to “Gerald McCoy Continues To Dominate”

  1. Architek Says:

    That confession was clearly after watching Bennett prance into the end-zone and after reviewing the game film of Bowers, Teo, and Clayborn play ring around the roses with the opposition.

    GMC is becoming the best DT (with the absence of Geno Atkins) but it’s those two and then everyone else.

    Kudos to GMC.

  2. Snook Says:

    Landri’s sack was on a stunt.

  3. Bobby Says:

    The GMC haters are only concerned with sacks. It’s their litmus test for whether a DT is performing. Just shows a complete lack of understanding of football on their part. If people think he’s good now…just wait till we get a true edge rusher and they can’t double McCoy all the time. That’s when the Warren Sapp comparisons will really start.

  4. JonBuc Says:

    He’s perservered through the two arm injuries and some mocking ( some by me I will admit).. But he sure has answered back. To even think he’s considered as good as-if not better than Suh is amazing, given their first 1.5-2 seasons. GMC was part of the last draft class of rookies that received “stupid $”…. And he’ll get paid again. It will be interesting to see if the Bucs try and restructure/re-sign him next year with an additional year on his rookie deal…if GMC would even be game for it that is.

  5. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Hopefully a good physical front like the niners wont force GMC into hiding…like the Panthers line did.

  6. pick6 Says:

    bucs fans were spoiled by warren sapp, now we yawn at anything less than 10 sacks from a DT. no worries, mccoy will be a regular in that territory on top of everything else he does. it’s really impressive, in David and McCoy we have 2 guys who seem likely to win DPOY at least once in their career a la brooks and sapp. just dominant, and i think their supporting cast will improve. the good news on McCoy is that he had one of those ridiculous rookie contracts before the new CBA, so even if he remains elite his cap figure probably doesn’t change that much from his first contract as a #3 overall pick

  7. Paul Says:

    Schiano takes credit for GMC going to the pro bowl last year. “Gerald McCoy, in this scheme, went to his first Pro Bowl and is going to go back to his second Pro Bowl.” Nevermind the fact that he was injured his first 2 years…

  8. BucDan Says:

    Haven’t posted in a while, but I read the breakdown and this nugget jumped out to me:

    “Tampa’s defense do an especially good job with stunts making it incredibly difficult to get to the second level to block Mason Foster and Lavonte David.”

    I don’t agree with the stunts on obvious passing downs, but it seems there is some semblance of method to their madness.

    As for GMC, he is the man and I love watching him work in the trenches, as well as watching the sideline-to-sideline flow of LVD, when I catch games on Rewind.

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    If he gets 3 more sacks he’ll have double digit sacks for the season.

    I’m curious…are ANY of his sacks received when doing a stunt?

  10. Nick H Says:

    Run amok on scrub teams, completely washed out against good teams. See you when we play the Rams, GMC.

    Although I hope he proves me wrong but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion he’ll get punished for 59 minutes against an upper half NFL team, as usual.

    The guy is good and on the rise but please don’t crown him, his ego is already way too large for having played barely 2 whole seasons up to this point. I’ll wait until he’s been the best interior D linemen for more than a season or 3.

    And there’s more “If you aren’t with me, you’re an idiot with no football knowledge” which is absolutely hilarious. Tsk tsk tsk.

  11. Clowney Says:

    Just add an incredible DE from S Carolina and maybe, just maybe, Dini lives up to the hype.

  12. kidfloflo Says:

    Well there is one prominent figure in tampa bay who doesnt agree with u Joe….Ian Beckles is all over Gmc jock, and mocks and belittles his game, passion, strength, toughness, and over all game….i for one dont really agree with him…but he was in the trenches for our beloved bucs and knew what to look for as an O lineman… so is it a trained eye, or something else that provokes his almost daily rants?

  13. BuccoBill Says:

    “For those people, it almost tells Joe they don’t watch games and have some insane agenda.”

    So is this just meant for us among the unwashed masses or do you include your buddy Ian Beckles?

  14. Bobby Says:

    As for Beckles…some people have a hard time admitting they were wrong. Just ask Duemig about Freeman…..

  15. BuccoBill Says:

    I suppose. lol